Text & Photos by Darryl Reid
I have no idea what “Power Violence” means these days, as it seems every other band I have seen lately plays fast and loose with that moniker. P.E.I.’s Uncle stay true to the original definition of the genre – super fast, short, dissonant, loud blasts of anger with the usual atypical breakdowns thrown throughout.
Uncle play music as punishment, with only a bass, voice and drum combo. I find the best power violence thrives on simplicity and Uncle keep their shit simple, brutal and perversely fun as fuck.
Photos & Text by Darryl Reid
There are a ton of interesting bands coming out of Olympia, Washington and Gag are definitely one of the most original bands to be pushing the boundaries of hardcore. Mid-tempo rhythms buried under a wall of reverb, this is freak out hardcore for the maladjusted weirdo in all of us.
Via Huffington Post
A woman had been sleeping next to her dead husband’s decomposed corpse for one year until authorities made the grisly discovery this week.
Apparently, 79-year-old “Marcel H.” from Liege, Belgium, died back in November 2012 of an asthma attack, according to Carters News Agency. His wife was so upset that she failed to report the death and continued to sleep with the body until Belgian authorities made the bizarre finding on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
They were led to the apartment because the landlord claimed the couple hadn’t paid their rent since last year. Neighbors never reported a bad smell. The body had mummified.
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Alright, besides the 70′s era Z-Boys, I would have to say the the Alva Posse days were pretty fun for me. I dropped out of the tenth grade and started silkscreening skate boards for Alva in 1985. All I can say is every day was an adventure and that time is a part of my life that I will never forget. A couple years later, I moved back to Venice and got real close with Jef Hartsel and John Thomas, who took me ramp skating on the daily. The Alva Posse had a major influence on skate culture in the 80′s and beyond…Check out this retrospective of the bad boys of skating!
How many of us have felt like they were born in the wrong era? There is a mystique that the past holds; imagining what different lives we would have lived from our parents. I can’t tell you how many times as a youth that I reflected on the fact that my parents could have seen Black Sabbath’s original lineup, but didn’t. That if I had been born just 10 years earlier, I could have experienced punk in its heyday. Now that I’m older, and I’ve realized how to be happy with my own life experiences, it doesn’t bother me as much, but as a teenager I thought that someone had fucked up by releasing my soul into the world in 1980 and not 1950, ’60 or ’70. Many people who inspired me as a young woman were long dead by the time I was able to truly appreciate their contribution to music and the world. As a newly disgruntled 14-year-old, I had only just professed my undying love for Nirvana a few months before Kurt Cobain went and died, ensuring I would never, ever get to see them live. Now Sachs Media Group has commissioned photo restoration/manipulation company Phojoe to breathe life back into some of the world’s favorite dead musicians. The results are kind of hilarious, and actually make me reflect that although some of these men and women died very young, they were meant to – they had completed their mission and made a massive impact on the culture of music, and maybe if they had lived, that legacy would have gotten all fucked up. Janis Joplin cds sold at Starbucks, John Lennon cds at Whole Foods, both of them living off their massive royalties in the Hollywood Hills? Not a world I would want to live in. Check out nine notorious musicians if they had been alive today…
Jimmy Nelson‘s photography is beyond amazing, and this fact can be seen in his photo series entitled “Before They Pass Away.” The series took him to over 31 countries, and four years of his life, and results in some of the most unreal pictures I have ever seen. He is able to capture the art in his subjects, making it even more striking than his technique. Now it’s time for you to check out Jimmy Nelson‘s pictures, because they can say way more than I ever could!
“Tribes and forgotten cultures teach us about aspects of humanity such as love, respect, peace, survival and sharing. There is a pure beauty in their goals and family ties, their belief in gods and nature, and their will to do the right thing in order to be taken care of when their time comes. Whether in Papua New Guinea or in Kazakhstan, in Ethiopia or in Siberia, tribes are the last resorts of natural simplicity.” – Jimmy Nelson
When you take a look at cultures from around the world, you see more similarities than differences. Case in point – while the west has often characterized rituals that involve masks, animal and supernatural costumes as being in the realm of “tribal” peoples, it is ignoring its own tribal roots, which are alive and well in many parts of Europe today. In most of Europe, there are traditions involving elaborate costumes that celebrate pre-Christian holidays and beliefs. While in the “New World,” Christianity and Walmart have been pretty much successful at whitewashing/eradicating any mention or celebration of “pagan” traditions from mainstream society, in European countries with centuries and millennia of history to reflect on, the practices are still alive. For example, the Krampus gatherings and parades in the Austrian Alps, the Bulgarian Kukeri festivals, New Year’s Day celebrations in Poland with the Macidulas or in Germany with the Wilder Mann, or the Festival of Bears in France. All of these and more involve community participation in pre-Christian traditions celebrating Nature, the solstices and humans’ place in the cycle of life, and many of the costumes worn would be at home alongside an anthropological exploration of First Nations’ traditional costumes or those found in tribal African societies. Organized Christianity occupied the territories and destroyed the traditions of people the world over, but has twisted history to make certain people believe themselves more “civilized” than others. But these pictures are clear evidence of the commonality of the human experience, and shows that greed and thirst for power are at the root of our separation from one another.
Photographer: Klaus Pichler
Based in: Vienna, Austria
This is a photo of my girlfriend in a hotel’s hallway in Odessa, Ukraine. We made a trip to the Ukraine three years ago and we stayed in this hotel for some nights. This was one of the hotels you can still find in Eastern Europe where the grandezza of the old days blends with the functionality and tastelessness of comunist days, resulting in a feeling which is comparable to a pre-Perestroyka movie version of ‘Shining’. We thought that a bed sheet ghost would fit perfectly to these uncanny hallways, and one night, when we were sure that all of the merciless heavyweight parlour maids had left the building, we staged this picture.
When Police say that they are here to protect and serve, that is a bunch of bullshit. These corporate forces of hate are meant to protect the rich and subjugate the poor worldwide. During the 60′s and 70′s, the world was fighting back against colonialism, from Africa to Europe to America. This is when the African Americans were considered enemies of the state if they chose to stand up for their civil rights. Check out these photos of riots that took place in the “land of the free” for those who were not white. When I look at these photos, I see that the slave master was still running shit only 55 years ago…That being said, it’s always good to know your past so that it’s not repeated! Looking into the eyes of these officers is looking into the eyes of evil!
Photographer Adam Krause was at his local gym when he first met the guys who’d become the subjects of his series “Greenpoint Brooklyn Nazi Skinheads.” Krause grew up in Florida and was part of a tough punk rock community himself. “I knew the guys were skinheads after recognizing a racist band on one of their T-shirts. I think my background of being involved in the punk scene just helped me identify these guys, similar to someone interested in cars probably can identify a certain model of car,” he said in an email.
Krause spent a few weeks with his subjects, photographing them in fatigues alongside Nazi regalia, sometimes with bandanas covering their faces to obscure their identity. “It’s a collaborative effort. I photograph my subjects in places that are intrinsic to them. In some cases the subjects don’t want to be photographed in their homes, so we went to places where they’d hang out,” he said.